Minnesota's Real ID granted grace period

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted ME a reprieve from enforcement of the Real ID Act until next January as the state moves to become compliant with the law's requirements. "So they're going to need some extra time and that's why they've instituted this grace period from now until January of 2018". During the grace period, ME driver's licenses and IDs will be accepted as valid identification for federal purposes, including entrance to federal facilities, said Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office.

"Federal officials have told the governor's office that states which continue to make progress with compliance will continue to be granted these extensions", Gordon said.

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Like a number of states, Pennsylvania has received repeated extensions to comply with Real ID standards.

Eventually, residents who do not have Real ID-compliant identification would to board airplanes or enter military installations, federal courthouses or federal job sites. Several of the 9/11 hijackers had obtained state-issued driver's licenses in the months leading up to the attack.

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Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements. State officials say they have ironed out most of the problems, but many licensing office operators continue to express concerns about how the new system will fare when it's time to upgrade the driver's licensing portion of the program. Travelers will also be able to use a passport.

States can continue to request waivers from compliance until 2020.

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